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A preparation, usually of herbal origin, with a bitter taste, which allegedly triggers a cascade of sensory CNS responses—e.g., stimulation of appetite, increased flow of gastric and bile juices, hepatic detoxification, and effecting intrinsic repair of the gastrointestinal tract
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bitter

(bĭt′ĕr) [AS. biter, strong]
Having a caustic, sharp, or disagreeable taste. It is one of the five taste senses (bitter, salty, savory, sour, and sweet).
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Bitterer. "IT leaders should concentrate not only on the technological aspects of BI, but also on the severe lack of analytical skills.
They could also be at odds with the government and the political atmosphere could be bitterer than what had been seen over the last five years.
Nevertheless, it is important that she understand that there is a fight for the heart and soul of public education, and that the dialogue around this tussle will get bitterer before it gets better.
Her daughter and son-in-law appeared to bring to the task of keeping America out of the war an animus against their opponents far bitterer than seemed required.
At a Gartner Business Intelligence Summit 2010 in February, Andreas Bitterer, research vice president, Gartner said: "Open-source BI has seen an interesting adoption pattern over the last few years.
"This makes the effects of the crisis even bitterer because it will increase poverty."
Everyday our IM family of solutions help companies to translate a wealth of information into economic growth." 1Gartner "Magic Quadrant for Data Quality Tools" by Ted Friedman and Andreas Bitterer, June 9, 2009.
You taught me Waiting with Myself--/Appointment strictly kept--/You taught me fortitude of Fate--/This--also--I have learnt--/An altitude of Death, that could/No bitterer debar/Than Life--had done--before it--/Yet--there is a Science more--/The Heaven you know--to understand/That you be not ashamed/Of Me--in Christ's bright Audience/Upon the further Hand--.
In her recent often terrific book on the sonnets, Helen Vendler reads the line seriously as about the internalization of scriptural fecundity commands; but even though she locates a lot of dangerously obscene and even (to me) accurate Kabbalistic puns and "ties" elsewhere in the sonnets (while rejecting others), the refusal to hear "increase"'s other lower meanings is I think signal of a genteel element in her reading when it comes, not to sex, but to the bitterer, more lower-middleclass anti-census gestures of some great poems.
An even deeper and bitterer truth is that the assertion that the assertion: "I prefer to send my children to private school," is in fact, a big white lie and a catch phrase for: "I don't want my children to go to school with blacks." For some, lingering fears about school integration have been linked to age-old fears of interracial sex and miscegenation (i.e.
Speaking at the research and advisory firm's Business Intelligence and Information Management Summit held in Australia in February, Gartner Research Vice President Andreas Bitterer said that poor quality, or "dirty data," is often overlooked by businesses, but it can have a large negative impact on a firm.